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Sunday, July 21, 2024

New Spanish Heights edition

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A new Spanish edition of Wuthering Heights with some interesting extras:
de Emily Brontë
Translated by Miguel Pérez Ferrero
Introduction by Virginia Woolf
Afterword by Ángeles Caso
Arpa Editorial
ISBN: 978-84-19558-93-0
July 2024

En una gélida noche de tormenta, un hombre busca refugio en Cumbres Borrascosas. Allí, en la casa que corona los páramos de Yorkshire, conocerá los tumultuosos acontecimientos que desolaron el lugar años atrás: una trágica historia de amor y venganza entre Heathcliff y Catherine Earnshaw, dos seres indómitos, pero incapaces de rehuir la naturaleza destructiva del amor.
Publicada en 1847, obtuvo de inmediato el favor del público lector, aunque la crítica la consideró entonces una novela «inadecuada». Pero fueron el tiempo y la mirada feminista quienes realzaron aún más el majestuoso trabajo de Emily Brontë, consolidado hoy como un clásico de la literatura inglesa y universal. Magistral en la construcción de la trama narrativa, en la singularidad y fuerza de los personajes, Cumbres Borrascosas es una epopeya de ecos góticos y dramatismo shakesperiano, que explora los aspectos más oscuros y apasionados del ser humano.
La presente edición incluye, a modo de Posfacio, una invitación a su lectura a cargo de la novelista Ángeles Caso. Gran experta en literatura inglesa del siglo XIX, sus esclarecedoras reflexiones nos ayudan a comprender las circunstancias inauditas que hicieron posible la creación de Cumbres Borrascosas, así como las claves de su profundísima modernidad.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

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Times Now News and must-read classic books by female writers:
Jane Eyre is a pioneering work in the genre of the Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel. Charlotte Brontë introduces us to the resilient and independent Jane Eyre, an orphaned girl who endures a harsh childhood to become a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets the enigmatic Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a deep and tumultuous romance. The novel explores themes of morality, religion, and social class, and is celebrated for its strong, complex heroine who asserts her sense of self in a restrictive society. (Girish Shukla)
Her Zindagi also has a list of the best top-rated books (somewhere by someone):
4. Wuthering Heights by by Emily Brontë
Wutherig Heights is the first and only book of author Emily Brontë, it is a captivating tale of intense love and obsession set against the dramatic backdrop of the Yorkshire moors.
Emily Brontë's novel offers a unique blend of passion, mystery, and complex characters, making it a timeless classic that explores the darker sides of human nature and relationships. Its powerful storytelling and atmospheric setting will keep you intrigued from start to finish. (Shivangi Prajapati)
Stars Insider lists "the best romantic movies of the golden age of Hollywood":
Wuthering Heights 1939
Emily Brontë's sad, haunting 1847 tale of Heathcliff, his love for Catherine, and his inability to find true happiness, is brought to life on the big screen by Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon.
The Times looks into Great Britain vs France in an imaginary cultural olympiad:
Hang on a minute. We did produce Austen, Dickens, Hardy, Eliot, Wordsworth, the Brontës: all capable of shaping a decent sentence or two. “Nineteenth century British literature is superb,” [Agnès] Poirier concedes, “but British music, painting and sculpture of that period look parochial.” (Kevin Maher, Laura Freeman, Johanna Thomas-Corr, Carol Midgley, Clive Davis, Will Hodgkinson, Debra Craine)
International Times reviews the recent concert by The Unthanks in Todmorden:
At this concert they featured songs from Molly Drake, mother of singer-songwriter and musician Nick Drake along with songs based on the words from the writings of the Brontë sisters.
Todmorden, like Haworth, the home of the Brontës, is in Yorkshire’s Pennines. Somehow, the Unthanks’ style of almost minimalist music, with its intensity, piercing harmonies and sometimes off-kilter time changes seems at one with the local landscapes. 
LoveEXPLORING lists the most underrated small towns in historical English county;
Although very little of it remains, the beautiful hamlet of Wycoller still has much to offer lovers of the English picturesque. Largely abandoned in the 19th century, when it was due to be flooded to make way for a reservoir, it now consists mostly of atmospheric ruins, including 16th-century Wycoller Hall  which is thought to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. (Cath Pound)
The writer Sandra Comino recommends some books in Clarín (Argentina):
Cuando tenía ocho años fue cautivada por un clásico: Jane Eyre de Charlotte Brontë. Aún conserva el ejemplar que tiene escrita la fecha y el nombre de quien se lo regaló. Lo recuerda así: "Una niña huérfana que vivía con una tía malvada, la mandan a un internado tremendo, luego trabaja como institutriz, pero nunca se victimizaba, al contrario. Una chica que se reinventaba todo el tiempo y nunca se daba por vencida. Este libro aparece en La Casita azul". Así, su propia obra homenajea a aquellas primeras lecturas. (Débora Campos) (Translation)
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever in Preston and Dunedin (New Zealand) in Otago Daily Times (and here), Lancashire Post, and The StuffThe Brontë Sisters YouTube Channel visits the Bradford Literature Festival on its Brontë Day:
Come with me as I have a day out at the Bradford Literature Festival 2024 for their Brontë Day in the Midland Hotel. Spend the day with me getting my Brontë-themed stall ready and get a taste of the talks by distinguished authors and scholars on Anne Brontë and her other Brontë family members.
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A recently published poetry anthology:
An anthology of prose poetry inspired by the Brontës and the wild
Edited by Ian Humphreys
Calder Valley Poetry

Poems by Nick Allen, Liz Almond, Anthony Costello, Molly Prosser, Natalie Rees and Clare Shaw. From April 2023 to March 2024, Ian Humphrey held the position of writer-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. Throughout his tenure, he delved into the writings and biographies of thesisters while exploring Haworth Moor and its surroundings. This experience led him to craft a series of original poems inspired by the Museum's 2023 theme: Year of the Wild. Visitors can now enjoy these creations through Poetry in Parson's Field, an outdoor poetry exhibition located behind the Parsonage, available until the end of August. Additionally, Humphrey's latest compilation, Tormentil, showcases these inspired works.

The book was recently (July 2)  presented at The Dusty Miller in Hebden Bridge. 

Friday, July 19, 2024

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Tatler makes a case for what Emerald Fennell's Wuthering Heights will look considering how it matches some Saltburn topics (which is a fancy way to see that they speculate just for the hell of it and that way they have a zero-cost article to publish):
In many ways, Wuthering Heights matches Saltburn’s freak. It’s a novel where themes of class antagonism, jealousy, revenge, and infatuations that veer on the macabre, come to the fore. But don’t expect this to be any sort of staid sequel: the book demands discussions on female madness and rage, on unreliable narrators, horror, hysteria, and the supernatural - so ghosts, hallucinations, dreams and visions - feature heavily.
But much like Saltburn, there’s more depraved yearning than actual sex; expect visually dense scenes, laden with symbolism and psychologically charged suspense. This adaptation of Wuthering Heights is likely to push viewers to think about reaching the extremes of the psyche… and what happens when a collection of characters (who, frankly, are all a bit too closely related) fail to restrain their turbulent emotions – and what grave consequences unfold. (...) (Charlotte Rickards)
And the thing goes on mentioning graves, locks of hair, Caspar David Friedrich, and what else.

Samatha Morton, who was Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre 1997, describes her life in music for Uncut:
Cocteau Twins
I got out of London around 2007 or 8. I was trying to create this haven for my new baby, so we moved to this farm in the Peak District. It was a really special time living in this amazing Bronte-esque landscape, quite isolated but feeling really powerful. I’d heard the Cocteau Twins a lot growing up but hadn’t really had their records. So I bought the CD and I totally immersed myself, walking on the moors for hours with my baby, being taken to these other worlds.
Graphic Policy lists their favourite comic B-sides from Phonogram:
“Wuthering Heights”
And Indie Dave gets to experience real life almost immediately in the next B-side, “Wuthering Heights”, a beautiful silent comic that is an homage to the Kate Bush song of the same name. Emma Vieceli handles art duties in a style that’s manga meets fantasy landscapes. Unlike the woman in “She Who Bleeds for Your Entertainment”, the female lead of this comic runs, frolics, and dances providing the magical energy for Indie Dave’s journey of self-discovery in the form of a Kate Bush compilation tape. Instead of being cloistered in his room, Indie Dave sets off for the great outdoors with Bush’s ethereal music in his ears and The Dreaming and The Kick Inside in his bag. Indie, artsy music is still his passion and maybe a security blanket, but at least, he’s touching gorgeous Vieceli-colored greensward. (Logan Dalton)
The Boston Globe interviews the writer Marcela Fuentes:
Amy Sutherland: Do you have favorite malas — bad girls — in fiction?
Marcela Fuentes: I love Catherine from “Wuthering Heights.” Wow, she’s such a terror. Look at Maleficent, we love her even more than Sleeping Beauty. Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” is one. I don’t know if there are any in Jane Austen’s novels because everyone is too uptight but Libby in “Pride and Prejudice” will tell you off. There’s the housekeeper in “Jane Eyre” and the housekeeper in “Rebecca.” Watch out for housekeepers. There are so many amazing, powerful but villainous women in stories. We might not cheer for them but they are sometimes the most compelling characters.
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever in Ireland in RTÉ. Pinkvilla lists love quotes and one by Emily, you know what goes in.
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A play performed in Oakworth with an Emily Brontë character.
Keighley Youth Theatre presents
Rebel Girls
Oakworth Methodist Church, Oakworth, BD22 7HN
Fri 19th July 2024 - Sat 20th July 2024

Our next show Rebel Girls is about an evil sorceress that threatens villagers so they call on heroes from history to protect them. But instead of knights and centurions they get Boudicca, Emily Brontë and an Instagram influencer. Adventure, comedy and 80s and 90s music as the rebel girls take on magic and misogyny as they battle the witch.
Further information on Keighley News.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

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Daily Mail talks about the upcoming Wuthering Heights project by Emerald Fennell and does what a proper journalist of the current era should do. Look into X for comments of "fans" which as usual are the proverbial collection of gloomy, bitter, and delusional usual suspects. Why on Earth a news media gives them visibility outside the social network ghetto is beyond us. Harper's Bazaar (Mexico), Movie Struckers (Italy) also talk about the project.

Collider recommends Jane Eyre 1944:
While this 1943 film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name may not be on the same level as the 2011 one (especially for audiences who like modern films), the Robert Stevenson picture is certainly worthwhile. As expected, the story centers around the titular character, played by Joan Fontaine, hired by the lord of a mysterious manor house, Edward Rochester (Orson Welles in one of his best roles), and tasked to care for his young daughter.
Jane Eyre is a solid adaptation of a classic literary tale, which, like many other great classics on this list, is available to stream for free on the digital platform. Stevenson's black-and-white film's stunning cinematography of the brooding Jane Eyre plays a huge part in what makes it appealing. However, the acting performances — particularly by Fontaine, who brings the heroine to life flawlessly — are also worth a mention. (Daniela Gama)
Now that The Moors is performed in Washington D.C, The Washington Post interviews the author of the play, Jen Silverman:
A comparable alienation initially haunts the governess who arrives at an isolated mansion in the Brontë-spoofing “The Moors.” The mansion’s inhabitants — including two “spinster” sisters (as the cast list calls them), a maid, and a mastiff who falls in love with a moorhen — go on to reveal startling vulnerabilities and execute shocking power plays. (...)
An avid reader, Silverman wrote the play fast after being immersed in Charlotte Brontë’s letters. “The way in which Charlotte was talking about isolation and intimacy — and the geography of the place, how it was essentially a character — all of that started infiltrating my mind,” they say. (Celia Wren)
Mundo Diners (Ecuador) talks about the installation Cráteres de abismo by the artist Nebraska Flores
La sala está prácticamente a oscuras. Las figuras de papel solo reciben haces de luz como si fuesen disparos, proyectando sombras alargadas en pisos y paredes. Hay un aire misterioso en la muestra 
Sus esferas de papel, como cascarones de huevos, estallan engendrando estalagmitas y estalactitas que no son el resultado del agua escurriéndose por los minerales de la tierra, sino de trocitos de novelas y poemas. Su materia prima son las palabras y, por eso, el arte en esencia pura. (...)
‘Cumbres borrascosas’, una de las novelas favoritas de Flores, está allí, aunque es casi imposible precisar dónde. Y así hay cientos de páginas que se han convertido en una obra distinta a la original y con su propia fuerza. (José Luis Barrera) (Translation)

The Wuthering Heights Red Dress Day celebrations are announced on Glasshouse and Maleny Country News. On the Brussels Brontë Blog we see how Emma Conally-Barklem, a Yorkshire poet, combined a Pink concert with a Charlotte Brontë-inspired tour in Brussels. Pauline, the blog author, guided Emma through Brontë locations, discussing "Villette" and Emma's poetry collection "Hymns from the Sisters," which pays homage to the Brontë sisters.

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A new production of Jen Silverman's The Moors opens today, July 18, in Washington D.C.:
Faction of Fools Theatre Company present
by Jen Silverman
July 18 - August 10, 2024
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE Washington DC

Directed by: Francesca Chilcote
Stage Manager: Samantha Nodarse Owen
Production Manager: Cris Ruthenberg-Marshall
Assistant Director: Deimoni Brewington

Starring: Rebecca Ballinger, Natalie Cutcher, Ricky Drummond, Mary Myers, Jasmine Proctor, and Arika Thames
Understudies: Natalia Fyfe, Aja Goode, and Seth Langer

A Brontë-inspired dark comedy… 
Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Some late arrivals to the Emerald Fennells's Wuthering Heights frenzy in mxdwn, Flip, Female First, Daily Mai,Ahmedabad Mirror, Chaos Reign, Kino Meister and Tatler:
Wuthering Heights, famous for its window-knocking ghosts, graverobbing, and not-so-subtle suggestions of mild incest, is the latest in line for the Emerald Fennell treatment. (Ben Jureidini)
SUNY Cortland talks about the recent awards received by In Emily's Words at CreateTheatre New Works Festival:
The debut of “In Emily’s Words” at SUNY Cortland gave students real-world experience in developing a new musical. Now, they can also say that they’ve been part of an award-winning show. 
This June the CreateTheater New Works Festival in New York City named “In Emily’s Words,” the story of English author Emily Brontë’s writing of “Wuthering Heights,” as its Best Musical. It was one of four awards won by the Cortland-influenced work, more than any other production at the festival. 
Notable among the accolades was Best Female Lead in a Musical — which went to Cortland junior Olivia Celis. Celis, who played Emily Brontë, was picked over full-time, professional performers and was the only college student honored. 
“I was not aware that I was up for this award,” Celis said. “I was in the middle of work when, all of a sudden, my phone started buzzing constantly with my friends congratulating me on winning. I read the email and was in shock. I am so happy and grateful!” (...)
Done in partnership with CreateTheater, two staged readings of “In Emily’s Words” were performed at Cortland’s Dowd Fine Arts Performance Studio, helping to develop writer, composer and lyricist Jessy Tomsko’s creation. 
The readings for “In Emily’s Words,” which included singing performances, were the final part of a two-week workshop that let the Performing Arts Department students have a direct hand in the creation of the show. (...)
“The musical process of ‘In Emily’s Words’ at SUNY Cortland was so much fun,” Celis said. “Each person involved in the production really had a chance to shine. Performing it in New York City was a dream come true for me. I’ve always wanted to be a part of a workshop for a new musical, and it was such a wonderful experience.” 
The show continues to be a success, as Tomsko said she recently returned from the Florida Festival of New Musicals where “In Emily’s Words” was one of six shows selected nationwide to present. 
At the play’s core, she added, there is a focus on imagination and the creative process that everyone can relate to. 
Vulture publishes a book list from a brat summer (which has something to do with Charli XCX and things): 
Club classics
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
I want to read Emily, I want to read Anne, I want to read with George (Eliot). But seriously, folks, Jane Eyre is the cuntiest of the (club) classic lit canon. As a narrator, Jane is somehow clear-headed and self-deluded at the same time, the perfect brat POV. It is a hoot and a half to sit in a bar surrounded by vapid rich people and dive into a book in which the rich are just as vapid, petty, and, dare we say? Horny. (Bethy Squires)

So, now you know. 

Stars Insider (in Spanish) and writers who died too soon:
Las hermanas Brontë, Emily, Anne y Charlotte, murieron muy jóvenes, dejando atrás un legado literario que sigue fascinando a los lectores de todo el mundo.
Emily Brontë. Murió a los 30. Es la más famosa de las tres y se la recuerda por haber escrito "Wuthering Heights", una novela clásica que sirvió de inspiración para la música de Kate Bush y que también se adaptó a la gran pantalla.
Anne Brontë murió a los 29 años. Fue la autora de novelas como "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall". Charlotte Brontë  murió a los 38. Conocida por su novela "Jane Eyre", se la recuerda como una de las escritoras más célebres de la literatura inglesa. (Translation)

Yorkshire Live has more information on the sale of the Old White Lion in Haworth. 

On the Brontë Parsonage Museum, tomorrow July 18:
A Thursday Talk at the Brontë Parsonage Museum
Thu Jul 18th 2:00pm
Brontë Event Space at the Old School Room

July's Thursday Talk deconstructs the real buildings at the edge of the Brontës' imaginations... and the imagined buildings at the heart of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
The talk will be given by Stuart Davies, Learning and Visitor Experience Volunteer here at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Thursday 18 July 2024
Free stitching workshop open to all.
July 18th 2024 10:00am - 12:00pm
Join us to create stitch journals inspired by the Brontës!

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

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Emerald Fennells's Wuthering Heights project still dominates the news: Marie Claire, telly visions, Bang Showbiz, The Mirror, Ok Diario, Market Research Telecast, Vogue, Country & Town Magazine, The Huffington Post, Contact Music, Premiere, Orgoglionerd, Metropolitan Magazine ...

The Most Iconic Fictional Characters of all time according to Fortress of Solitude:
Jane Eyre
At this point, everyone knew who the Brontë sisters were, but in 1847, when Jane Eyre: An Autobiography was published, Charlotte Brontë published her story under the male pen name “Currer Bell”. The novel follows the iconic fictional character Jane Eyre, the heroine of her story.
The book was initially published with the autobiographical title because it followed the life of the strong-minded Jane from her years as an infant to adulthood, touching on her time as an orphaned child, her first employment as a teacher and then as a governess, and even the romances she experienced throughout her life. Facing unbelievable trauma and neglect as a child, the death of her friend by consumption, and surviving a typhoid epidemic as a student, Jane manages to survive despite all her hardships. She decides to make her own way in the world. Finding a job and finding love, however tumultuous it might have been, Jane Eyre is seen as the start of an era in which novels focused on women as the story’s protagonists.
Having been written by a woman, and not a man, Jane Eyre isn’t just a beautiful girl who gets swept off her feet by a handsome hero, but was strong and independent and an icon to women of the time who were learning that a man was not all they needed in their lives and that they could make their own way in a world that was so clearly male-dominated. (Megan Oosthuizen)
Stars Insider and songs inspired by books:
'Wuthering Heights' by Kate Bush 
Perhaps the most famous song to be based on a novel is Kate Bush's debut single, 'Wuthering Heights' (1978). The song is based on Emily Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name.
The song is told from the point of view of Catherine, who visits her lover Heathcliff and asks him to let her in through the bedroom window.
Yorkshire Live picks the most beautiful places in Yorkshire everyone should visit:
 11. Valley
Hardcastle Crags
Our top pick has to be the view from the east and west ridges of the Hebden Beck valley. As it flows from the wuthering moors of Brontë Country into the ancient woods of Hardcastle Crags, the sight is truly breathtaking. (Dave Himelfield and Caroline Hemmingham)
"Romantic Novels That Will Warm Your Heart" in Zee News (India):
Jane Eyre
This classic love story is written by Charlotte Brontë and focuses on Jane's journey of finding love and discovering her inner self. Despite facing whatnot, she remains strong and true to herself. 
GolfDigest talks about the Golf British Open 2024 and begins the article rather bizarrely:
Beethoven was not a large man, standing a mere 5-foot-4. Picasso was the same height. The writer Charlotte Brontë was just 4-10, and both the boxing champion Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran and soccer star Lionel Messi stand a mere 5-7. Mahatma Gandhi brought down an empire, and he was but a frail 5-5. (Derek Duncan)
Motivational quotes in Her Zindagi, including one by Emily. Can You Match the Opening Line to the Classic Novel? on Mental Floss includes... well you will have to guess. Ámbito (Argentina) lets AI make reading recommendations for the holidays:
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë relató en este libro la historia de una joven huérfana que encuentra el amor en el misterioso señor Rochester, mientras enfrenta secretos oscuros y desafíos personales.
Cumbres Borrascosas
Escrita por Emily Brontë, es una novela gótica que narra la intensa y tormentosa historia de amor y venganza entre Heathcliff y Catherine Earnshaw. La trama se desarrolla en los sombríos páramos de Yorkshire y explora temas como la obsesión, el destino y la pasión. (Translation)
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A reading of Willis Hall's Jane Eyre takes place tomorrow, July 17, at the Texas Shakespeare Festival:
by Charlotte Bronté
Adapted by Willis Hall
July 17th at 2:00pm / 7:30pm
Texan Theatre, 201 S. Kilgore Street, Kilgore, TX 75662

Monday, July 15, 2024

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The announcement of Emerald Fennell's new Wuthering Heights project still dominates the news. But nothing new to report in Grazia Magazine, India TV News, Empire, Flickering Myth, Latest LY, Devdiscourse, RUSSH, The Mary Sue, Clutchpoints, 20 Minutos, Moviebreak, DeCine21 ..

Forward publishes an obituary of the sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer:
Westheimer only survived because she was shipped to a Swiss orphanage just before the war with a few dozen other German Jewish children and grew up there like a Jewish Jane Eyre, tutoring younger pupils, who may have empathized with her because of her diminutive stature and effervescent personality. (Benjamin Ivry)
iNews summarises the Calderdale Wind Farm proposal and the strong opposition of locals to its construction:
Labour could be heading for a showdown with locals in the South Pennine Moors over plans to build England’s biggest onshore windfarm near Hebden Bridge.
The Calderdale Wind Farm’s 65 Blackpool Tower-height wind turbines would provide green electricity to more than a quarter of a million households, bring jobs to the area and give locals £75m over 30 years to help with energy bills.
But opponents say it would transform a beautiful, unspoilt area of peatland into an “industrial landscape”.
With its turbine tips reaching 200 metres into the sky, the proposed 23.5 square kilometre site on Walshaw Moor is just a few hundred metres from the farmhouse that is said to have inspired Emily Brontë’s novel, Wuthering Heights. (...)
“You have signs up in Japanese because they get that many tourists going to look at the area. What are they going to think when they see that?”
He [Steven Oldroyd, from the Stop Calderdale Windfarm campaign]  is referring to the many tourists who throng to the area to see where the Bronte sisters grew up (in Haworth) and the ruined farmhouse of Top Withens, situated a few hundreds metres from the proposed wind farm site, which is said to be the origin of Cathy’s home Wuthering Heights in the novel and is particularly popular with Japanese tourists. (Tom Bawden)
The New Yorker discusses if ballet needs a narrative:
And recent ballet adaptations of novels including “Of Love and Rage,” “Jane Eyre,” and “Like Water for Chocolate” have left me unmoved, struggling to find some connection between plot and steps, rather than absorbing dance as a language in and of itself. (Jennifer Homans)
Deia (Spain) interviews the writer Verónica García-Peña:
Entre el caserío de su abuela nació la inspiración para la historia, que brotó “como un chispazo, como si la musa tirara de mí”, mientras releía Mari Belcha, de Pío Baroja, hasta el punto de que postergó otra obra en la que trabajaba. “Mi imaginación y mis palabras se entremezclaron con él y sus múltiples universos y así el libro fue naciendo poco a poco”, rememora. Aunque también sobrevuelan otros autores de referencia para ella, como las hermanas Brontë, Gaskell, Wilde o Collins. (E. Castresana) (Translation)

AnneBrontë.org explores lion metaphors in the Brontë sisters' works, linking them to English football.

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A comparative study of women's approaches in the novel "Al-Rawayeh-ul-Mustahileh" by Ghada Al-Samman and "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë
Qader Qaderi , Javad Karkhaneh, Mahdi Mohammadinejad, Mohammadmahdi Roshanchesli, Zolaykha Janali niya syahkalrood
Studies in Arabic Narratology (in press)

With the presence of more women in the field of literature in the last two centuries and the use of women's language in defense of women's rights, women's literature entered a new stage; Among the most famous of these women, we can mention Ghada Al-Saman Suri, the author of "Al-Rawaiya Al-Mustahilah" and Emily Brontë, the author of the novel "Wuthering Heights". This research, which was carried out with a descriptive-analytical method and based on the American school, came to the conclusion that marriage, women's right to choose a spouse, clothing, education, work and economic-social activity were among the common ideas of these two authors. The clothing of women in Al-Mustahilah al-Musthahila islamic-western and in windy heights has been of conventional type. Both authors have emphasized the education of women in their novels.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

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The Australian Women's Weekly celebrates Frances O'Connor's "return to Australia" and talks, among many others, about the shooting of Emily:
By the time she earned her second Golden Globe nod, for The Missing in 2015, she was thinking seriously about a story she had long wanted to tell.
Frances, who has a degree in English Literature, had become enthralled by Emily Brontë’s gothic Wuthering Heights, which she read while being shuttled to and from her Catholic high school in WA when she was 15. When Mansfield Park went on hiatus because the director became ill Frances visited Yorkshire, where the Brontë sisters had lived.
Over the years she began slowly drafting a screenplay. There was “such a long list of people” who gave her encouragement, support and constructive feedback on her first draft. Gerald [Lepkowski[, of course, was her number-one champion. Soon she invited more people to offer feedback.
“There’s something affirming about that. If you take a step into something you want to do creatively, a lot of people will back you … That’s the thing I love about the industry – it’s a community. If you say: ‘Hey, I want to do this’, people really get behind you and they’ll go, ‘Yeah, let me read your script’. Rob Connolly [director of The Dry] was one of the first people who went, ‘Oh, my daughters would love to see this film. Let me help you’.”
Frances enjoyed the challenge. She sees herself as an actor, not a star, and perhaps now, more a storyteller. She’s never liked the harsh glare of the celebrity spotlight. “For me, it’s always been a struggle,” she says. “I’m at peace with it now and I like how it is at the moment. There were times where I’d get a lot of exposure and I’ve never really been comfortable with it. I love being on a set. I love being on stage, but I find that side of the industry – because I’m an introvert – challenging.
“That’s why it’s nice to balance it with stuff behind the camera too. Some people are really good at it, and I just feel I don’t have that skill set.” Even though she and Gerald haven’t often acted opposite each other, she directed him in Emily. “It was really fun and he was such a support to me while I was making the film as well. We were shooting in the depths of Yorkshire, so we were kind of isolated anyway.”
Filming took place during the pandemic. “We’d been cooped up and suddenly we were out on these wild Yorkshire Dales. I look back at that time of making Emily as very magical.”
The film opened at the Toronto Film Festival. For someone who’s never relished publicity, how did Frances cope with the prospect of critical responses to something so personal? “ (...)
“You’d never make anything if you were worried about how it’s being perceived. All you have to do is try to make the best work that you can in that moment,” Frances continues. “After that it’s about turning up and doing the work so you can get better at it. You’ve got to be prepared to be in the dust and struggle with what you’re trying to create. It can be messy sometimes. Since I’m older I’ve become better at that, but I’ve still got a way to go.” (Genevieve Gannon)
Times Now News recommends books if you love Wuthering Heights:
Whether you love sad love stories, interesting characters, or captivating settings, these books will take you into worlds that remind you of Emily Brontë's beautiful masterpiece, Wuthering Heights.
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. 
Charlotte Brontë, Emily's sister, penned this equally iconic novel. Jane Eyre follows the journey of an orphaned girl who becomes a governess and falls in love with her enigmatic employer, Mr. Rochester. Like Wuthering Heights, it explores themes of love, social class, and the supernatural.
The Otago Daily Times (New Zealand) has an article about the upcoming Most Wuthering Heights Day in Dunedin:
The fun and flamboyant community dance event "The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever" returns to Dunedin’s Octagon this month, filling the space with a sea of red-clad "Kates".
Based around a flash mob re-creating Kate Bush’s 1978 iconic song and dance, the light-hearted event will be held from 11am next Saturday, July 20. (Brenda Harwood)
Ultimate Classic Rock analyzes Stevie Nicks's albums:
A collaboration mainly with Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, In Your Dreams is one of Nicks' most adventurous-sounding albums. The title track is hot-rodding power-pop; "Wide Sargasso Sea" hews toward psychedelic rock; and "Soldier's Angel," which features Lindsey Buckingham's inimitable guitar and vocals, is sparse and haunting. But Nicks' lyrics on In Your Dreams also include some of her most introspective insights. (Allison Rapp)
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A couple of recent Hungarian theses:
by Muhammad Yaseen, University of Debrecen, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of English and American Studies

This thesis explores the emotional and mental state of the protagonist, Jane Eyre, in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre. The thesis examines the aesthetics of the visual description of the landscapes and atmospheric conditions and how these are portrayed in association with Jane's condition. This thesis investigates the significance of nature in the novel. Weather and seasonal changes play an important role in the unfolding of the story, as they suggest oncoming change and development in the narrator's journey. All in all, the main focus of the thesis is the description of landscapes with their weather imagery to indicate the condition of Jane.
by Kamilla Szilágyi, University of Debrecen, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of English and American Studies

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847) is one of the most influential books in the Victorian period, especially in women’s history, with its groundbreaking female protagonist who is not the usual passive female character but takes her future into her own hands. Considering that Charlotte Brontë wrote about strong female characters it is not surprising that she touches upon the Victorian madwoman issue. By looking at the historical background of insanity within women in the nineteenth century, and examining Bertha Mason’s madness and personality, I investigate Jane’s behaviour in comparison to Bertha's in my thesis, with special attention on racial and social similarities and differences. In the first chapter, I introduce the historical background of women and mental disorders in the nineteenth century to understand how Victorians treated mad women. Secondly, I present Bertha Mason, the main "mad woman" in Jane Eyre, who is locked in the attic from the moment she is deemed mad. Thirdly, I describe Jane Eyre, the protagonist of the novel, explore her mental state in relation to Bertha’s and argue that she could have received the same harsh treatment if it was not for her race and Rochester’s love for her. Lastly, I compare Bertha and Jane, arguing that Bertha is Jane’s dark double and examining how Bertha executes Jane’s secret desires.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

The Midnight Circle's Wuthering Heights tour arrives at Stortford and the Bishop's Stortford Independent has an article about it: 
Set against captivating backdrops, this passionate retelling promises an immersive journey into the depths of love, obsession and the wild beauty of nature.
The production brings to life the tumultuous tale of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, weaving a narrative of desire, revenge and the haunting echoes of the past.
As the sun sets over the College grounds, audiences will be transported to the windswept Yorkshire moors, where love and loss collide in a whirlwind of emotion accompanied by movement, music and immersive elements.
Nick [Nicholas Benjamin] said: “Wuthering Heights is known as one of the greatest love stories ever told, and while I’m not disputing that accolade, I often feel that it falls a little short of doing the text justice.
“Yes, there’s love, but there’s also lust, betrayal, pain and vengeance, all wrapped up in the mystical spirituality that is the moors.
“Cathy and Heathcliff are so much more than ill-fated lovers. They’re elemental. A burning fire constantly on the brink of destroying each other.” (Paul Winspear)
HerZindagi lists seven books to be read by women in their 20s:
Wuthering Heights
In a novel by Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights preaches about doing things we love and forgiving one another. [Really?]
Jane Eyre 
Written by Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre tells the story of an orphan's girl journey through life, filled with struggles and complexities.
Jean Rhys and art forged in loneliness in The Conversation:
Wide Sargasso Sea, published when Rhys was 76 and all but forgotten in literary circles, was the culmination of her talent. A work both of genius and of long hard labour, it was also a complex fusion of Rhys’s life with literature: a lushly imagined prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. In it, Rhys channelled her experience of the particular suffering of exile into the character of the young Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway, the first Mrs Rochester.
Following an arranged marriage to an unnamed Englishman who is desperate for her dowry, Antoinette’s journey from post-slavery Jamaica to incarceration in the attic at Thornfield Hall is only marginally more dramatic than Rhys’s own trajectory from Dominica to Devon. It was a route that took her via Paris, London, and latterly Cornwall, with a brief stay in Holloway Prison, charged with assault. (Carol Lefevre)
The Irish Times interviews the writer Karin Slaughter: 
Martin Doyle: Which writers, living or dead, would you invite to your dream dinner party?
K.S..: Flannery O’Connor, Mary Shelley, Emily Dickinson, Emily Brontë, and Dorothy Parker so we can make fun of everybody who’s not there.
Meet the Brontë Bros in Time Out:
There’s nothing quite like the simple pleasure of getting stuck into a good book. From TikTok bookshelf tours, sad girls books and the Brontë Bros (a.k.a Timothée Chalamet and Jacob Elordi), Marc Jacobs and his reading hour or Dua Lipa’s Service95 Book Club, if you didn’t already know, reading is cool again. Or, as Kaia Gerber said earlier this year, ‘reading is so sexy’. (Sydney Evans)
Jagran Josh lists classic books teens should read:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets, this amazing book follows the tragic and unique life of Jane as she falls in love with Mr. Rochester.
Students can easily take a look at these books for reading in their free time. Books are a human’s best friend. Reading a book daily can help teenagers and young adults to boost their creativity and imagination. It also develops their perspective of looking at different things. (Akshita Jolly)

Blue Mountains Gazette prepares the next edition of the Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever. Hotel Owner announces that the Old White Lion in Haworth is on the market.

It's all over the news. Emerald Fennell's next movie as director (after Promising Young Woman and Saltburn) will be a Wuthering Heights adaptation. 

Nothing more is known although that's not stopping the media from speculation name-dropping frenzy: Barry Keoghan, Carey Mulligan, Kate Bush...

Emerald Fennell just announced her third feature film, and this time, it’ll be an adapted screenplay.
Fennell is set to direct the latest adaptation of Emily Brontë’s beloved “Wuthering Heights” novel. Fennell tweeted a logo for the feature, along with the tagline, “Be with me always. Take any form. Drive me mad.”
IndieWire reached out to Fennell’s representatives for confirmation.
The Oscar winner made her feature directorial debut with “Promising Young Woman” and released “Saltburn” in 2023. Fennell deemed “Saltburn” a “fully Gothic” twisted love story, and now, “Wuthering Heights” will lean into both of those genres. The feature will also reunite Fennell with MRC on the production side, which she collaborated with for “Saltburn.” (Samantha Bergeson in IndieWire)

Also on Deadline, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, AV Club (which is a bit negative probably titling the news: "God help us, Emerald Fennell is doing Wuthering Heights next"), World of Reel, Collider (which goes on the enthusiast side: "Fennell Is a Perfect Fit for 'Wuthering Heights'), ScreenRant, The Wrap, Vulture (which goes a bit in the AV Club side, "Emerald Fennell Has Found Her Next Weirdo-Rich-Kid Story"), Exclaim!, JoBlo, The Playlist, ComingSoon, CinemaExpress, The Independent, MovieMaker, MovieWeb... EDIT: Elle US, NME, Lehren, The Hindu, Awards Radar, Dexerto, Comicbook, Virgin Radio UK, Metro, BAE (Argentina), See, Digital Spy, e-cartelera, Cinemanía, El Imparcial, Noticias del Mundo, Konbini, Jolie Bobine, La Minute, Screenweek, everyeye, badtaste, movieplayer, FilmPost, ThinkMovies, Cinematographe, Cinefilos, CiakClub, QuartaParete, Filmstarts ...

Interestingly, this is a different project than the one we reported a few months ago, produced by Alison Owen. Screendaily says:
Alison Owen of Monumental Pictures is lining up what is understood to be a separate Wuthering Heights project with Studiocanal. Screen has reached out to both Owen and Studiocanal. (Jeremy May)
Let's not forget that the director herself, when promoting Saltburn, already made some Wuthering Heights allusions. Like in this interview with Time Magazine
Belinda Luscombe: Is there a similar tension playing out in the scene where Oliver humps Felix’s grave? Is that about lust, or grief, or are they also linked?
E.F.: It's about grief. It's about love. It's an attempt to get some form of impossible closure. And the reason that scene is so long is because we needed the whole emotional journey. It's an attempt at something that is totally futile; Oliver himself understands how absurd and appalling and ridiculous is the position he's in. There's a scene in Wuthering Heights after Cathy dies when Heathcliff digs down to her coffin and tries to get to her. It’s very clear what he's intending to do, which is to, at the very least touch her, kiss her. So it's part of the Gothic tradition that sex and death are kind of intertwined.

Friday, July 12, 2024

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The Telegraph has a lambasting fest on '14 cultural ‘sacred cows’ that are actually terrible'. The Brontës get out unscathed but get a mention nonetheless.
With her “what, little me?” professions of modesty, it’s pretty easy to see why Esther [from Charles Dickens's Bleak House) drove Charlotte Brontë up the wall. (I had flashbacks to mainlining Jane Eyre in a week, years ago – as stories of poor governesses, they’re often put side by side.) (Tim Robey)
What Charlotte wrote was:
Is the 1st. no. of Bleak House generally admired? I liked the Chancery part – but where it passes into the autobiographic form and the young woman who announces she is not “bright” begins her history – it seems to me too often weak and twaddling – an amiable nature is caricatured – not faithfully rendered in Miss Esther Summerson.
Hyperallergic features the book Handwritten: Remarkable People on the Page by Lesley Smith .
Grouped into categories such as “Poets and Novelists” (including T.S. Eliot, Charlotte Brontë, and Franz Kafka), “Reformers” (like Martin Luther, Eleanor Rathbone, and Mahatma Gandhi), “Spies and Detectives” (such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, and Dorothy L. Sayers), and many more, the book catalogs letters, diaries, sketches, scientific notes, and professional outreach from a colorful coterie of historic figures. Much like signatures, a handwritten letter indicates the presence of its author in ways that typewritten words never can. Though handwriting analysis (or graphology) has been largely debunked as a science, it’s still fascinating to see how some of the most resoundingly famous writers actually, you know, wrote. (Sarah Rose Sharp)
The city of Wagga Wagga council invites residents to 'wuther' for its inaugural Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever on July 20th. The Brontës Sisters YouTube channel enjoys the To Walk Invisible 2016 highlighting its strong performances, authentic setting, detailed costumes, and well-researched story, while noting some inconsistencies in accents. 
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An alert from Sydney, Australia for tomorrow, July 13:
Sophie Frazier
Sat Jul 13th 10:30am - 11:30am
Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Charlotte Brontë’s final, desolate novel Villette (1853) is a narrative of exile and displacement: one woman’s flight from her home in England to an indeterminate future in a foreign city. A distinctly phenomenological novelist, in Villette Brontë maps the affective crisis of displacement onto the transmogrifications of sensory 1 life. Avowedly ambivalent about her progress in the world, protagonist Lucy Snowe disavows material success and even, at times, acts with nonchalance about her very survival. In this way Brontë emphasises both the temptations and perils of conforming to the conventional plot of female development, eschewing marriage for her heroine in preference for an enigmatic and suitably indeterminate conclusion. In this paper I will read the phenomenal character of Brontë’s narrative of oscillation between worldly success and the banality of insignificance, tracking the emotional expressiveness of the sensing body to bring out the loss inherent in Lucy’s escape from the confines of a conventional female bildung. 

Thursday, July 11, 2024

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Emily Brontë’s gripping drama, Wuthering Heights, undergoes a chilling gothic retelling set against the backdrop of London’s Stephens House & Gardens. (...)
Every actor plays their role perfectly, and the casting is well-matched for each part. They combined emotion, drama, and even a bit of humour. Renny Mendoza’s portrayal of Heathcliff is outstanding. He effectively combines ruggedness, ruthlessness, vulnerability and manipulation smoothly as his character develops. Niamh Handley-Vaughan, as Cathy, uses her eyes to convey her character’s emotions, while Nadia Lamin’s voice effectively portrays her character’s transition from child to adult, maintaining the fun but somewhat immature and sheltered personality. (Julie)
Certainly these young actors are, once again, a credit to themselves. Their hard work is evident, and it is a very challenging play to get to grips with. Their enthusiasm is clear and both sets of Cathy and Heathcliff have convincing stage presence.
The script itself is hit-and-miss. It has not simply been re-contextualised; the entire story of Wuthering Heights has been re-written. There are maybe two lines from the actual book itself, and at times the plot is unrecognisable. Major character deaths happen out of order, people that should be dead by the interval are not, and Cathy’s rambling injury out on the Moors becomes an unexplained dog attack that is then never brought up again. If you didn’t know the book, it would be very difficult to follow, though this is absolutely not the fault of the actors, and entirely on the sparseness of the script itself. (...)
Overall, it is clear that this cast have worked hard on a very challenging production of Wuthering Heights. (Hannah Dalgliesh)
The New York Times interviews the novelist Kevin Barry:
How have your reading tastes changed over time?
Hardly at all. I was first flung to the wall by a piece of literature when I was 10 years old — I was home from school pretending to have the flu and I picked up “Wuthering Heights,” by Emily Brontë, and was soon moaning with lachrymose pleasure. I remain a capital “R” Romantic, as a reader and as a writer both.
Romantic Fiction Books recommend by Nicholas Sparks according to Times Now News:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This novel is a profound exploration of the life and growth of an orphaned girl, Jane Eyre, who becomes a governess and falls in love with her enigmatic employer, Mr. Rochester. Sparks appreciates Brontë's ability to weave a gothic romance that delves deep into themes of morality, religion, and love. (Pritinanda Behera)
Newsx has ten classic books to read at least once in your lifetime:
An enduring love story and undisputed classic, Jane Eyre is full of passion, mystery, tragedy, and a strong-willed and beloved heroine.
Newsbytes lists some time-travel novels "for every bookshelf":
'The Eyre Affair' 
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde features Thursday Next, a literary detective with the power to enter books. Her debut mission takes her into "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë.
In Fforde's world, literature is crucial, and altering classics can change reality.
This novel is ideal for literature lovers and those who enjoy seeing beloved characters in new scenarios. (Anujj Trehaan)
Cosmopolitan is also eager for a new season of My Lady Jane:
So, season two of My Lady Jane could see Jane and Guildford’s story continue, or it could adapt another book from the series, meaning brand new character and storylines. The next book, My Plain Jane, is a retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
Yet, instead of being a penniless orphan who falls in love with Mr. Rochester, Jane is a wannabe detective and ghost hunter trying to find out what he’s really hiding at Thornfield Hall. We’re hooked already! (Furvah Shah)

Psychology Today explores continuity, as an important feature of writing putting examples of, among others, Jane Eyre.